One of the most influential bands of the 80s British underground, the number of bands with a sonic debt to the Kember/Pierce partnership seems to grow every year. Like a lot of bands that have forged iconic status in the guitar world, even though they were much more than a noisy guitar band, they reinvented noise in music. Noise as in an importance of harmonics, repitition, tone, distortion and some sort of higher aspiration, be it religious or opiate redemption or bliss.
Both Pete and Jason have gone on to develop their own muses in the stratospheres, still not a million miles from their partnership, but for a lot of people it's the direct assault of the Spacemen and their combined talents (especially on 'Perfect Prescription') that hit home hardest. The feeling they aimed at with intensity makes it irrelevant if its about heroin or a slightly pastiche idea of Jesus; it's the focus and intent that can suck you in and take you for a ride; it's music that believes in the primal and heavenly power of sound.
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"Wow! Yeah! Like wow!"
"The Perfect Prescription was when I started writing about where I stood in the world (Jason Pierce)"
"Groggy drugged-out but as dirty and brash as the most revered of the Stooges' numerous aural incursions."
"Just what the doctor ordered: hypno-rock covenant reissued."